Today, Nevada’s Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the constitutionality of Education Savings Accounts. With their decision expected soon, school choice is a vital issue in the Silver State’s upcoming Senate election. But while one candidate, Dr. Joe Heck, has made his views clear on the issue, his opponent Catherine Cortez Masto has not. Ronnie Najarro wrote on her lack of detail on the issue:
Nevadans seeking the best possible future for their children need defenders. Our next U.S. senator will have an opportunity to promote school choice. Among those seeking the role, Congressman Joe Heck has expressed staunch support for school choice. Former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto’s position has been less clear — surprising, given the intensity surrounding the education savings account debate. As a supporter of Secretary Clinton, Cortez Masto must clarify for Nevadans whether she stands with the majority of us who support school choice, or with those who would rather protect the status quo than our children. (“One View: Don’t stand in the way of school choice in Nevada”, Reno Gazette Jounral, Ronnie Navarjo, July 27, 2016)
Catherine Cortez Masto’s presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton has opposed ESA’s calling them a “misguided voucher program at a campaign event in Nevada last year. While Cortez Masto spoke at the same event in support of Clinton, she made no comment on school choice. Groups that have backed Cortez Masto financially like the Rogers Foundation, have launched associations that vocally oppose ESA’s as well
Despite her strong political ties to opponents of school choice, Cortez Masto has remained strangely silent on the matter. But given this issue’s wide impact on Nevada’s students, we all deserve to know her stance. Will she join Clinton and her donors’ war on school choice or will she do what is best for Nevada families?
–John Burke, Nevada Republican Party Director Of Rapid Response